The PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Fall Series continues in Las Vegas with the third tournament of a seven-event series. The Shriners Childrens Open is annually a birdie-fest on one of the easier course on Tour at TPC Summerlin. It’s also the oldest-running fall event on the PGA Tour with six different name changes since 1983. Plenty of opportunities to cash in on a longshot and jackpot score in Las Vegas with this year’s tournament also paying out a first place prize of $1.5 million from the $8.4 million purse.
The last five winners have scored -21 under par or better on the 7,255 yard par 71 course. That includes Sungjae Im and Tom Kim the last two years, who both shot 260 (-24). Last year Tom Kim became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA TOUR before turning 21.
While both Im and Kim won the Shriners event as one of the leading favorites, this is a good week to shoot for a longshot and add more players at longer odds to your betting portfolio and prop bets. In the City of Sin, anyone can win. So top finishing position bets of top 5, 10 or 20 can payoff as well on capable players further down the odds board at the leading online sportsbooks. Many longshots on the odds board are capable of making their share of birdies so they can get in position to contend and roll the dice over the weekend in Vegas.
Any you’re going to get many golfers best shot in these fall events. Ten players, not previously eligible, with the most season-long FedEx Cup points through the FedEx Cup Fall, will earn exemptions into the first two signature events that follow the Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January.
Recent European Ryder Cup rookie and rising Swedish star Ludvig Aberg is favored along with defending champion, South Korean Kim Joo-hyung (Tom Kim).
Leading Favorites Odds to Win 2023 Shriners Childrens Open
Leading favorites and contenders golf odds from FanDuel Sportsbook refresh periodically and are subject to change, including on props and live betting.
- +3000: Adam Schenk, J.T. Poston
- +3500: Eric Cole, Vincent Norrman, J.J. Spaun
- +3500: Adam Hadwin, Andrew Putnam
- +4000: Nicolai Hojgaard, Beau Hossler
- +5500: Lucas Herbert, Alex Smalley
- +5500: Emiliano Grillo, Mark Hubbard
- +6000: Ben Griffin, Patrick Rodgers
- +6500: Sam Ryder, Luke List
- +7000: Aaron Rai, Garrick Higgo,
- +7000: Nick Taylor, S.H. Kim, Justin Suh
The over/under 72 hole winning score is 261.5.
Shriners Children’s Open Picks, Pairings and Featured Groups including Lexi Thompson
The Golf Digest team and contributors make the following picks to win this week.
- J.T. Poston (3)
- Adam Schenk
- Eric Cole
- Tom Hoge
- Andrew Putnam
Longshots include: Nicolas Hojgaard, Nick Taylor, Harry Hall, Adam Hadwin, Matthew NeSmith, Christiaan Bezuidenhout.
More strokes gained stats, win simulations and picks from FanDuel Research along with golf stats performance charts and player profiles.
I played a unique golf event with former UNLV golfer Harry Hall last Saturday in Las Vegas on a mini par 3 course. Hall is one of the better putters on Tour, and worth betting and adding to your prop bets at greater than 100/1 odds to win and 5/1 for top 20 or even top 30 finish. Same with veteran Kevin Streelman at even longer odds and former UNLV golfer Ryan Moore at greater than 200/1. Streelman finished top-20 here last year, and Moore is a past winner and multiple top-15 finisher.
LPGA star Lexi Thompson is making her PGA Tour debut at the Shriners Children’s Open this week, thanks to a sponsor’s exemption. She will be the seventh woman in history to tee it up on the PGA Tour.
The SuperBook in Las Vegas listed her odds to win at +1000000 (10,000/1) before dropping to 4,000/1. More realistically, you can bet on her first round score being over/under 76.5, or Lexi to make the cut at +1500 (miss -5000).
Regardless of her performance, Thompson’s appearance on the PGA Tour is positive. She’ll be the first woman since 2018 to compete against the men on Tour.
“I think that there is much room for growth in the women’s game, and continued in our game, too,” Luke List said after winning last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. “It means everything,” List added in inspiring young females.
“If I can inspire one individual, I would feel like I’m making progress,” Thompson said. “Of course, yes, I want to play good. That’s a whole other story. There is more to life than performing well. That’s what I want, to inspire others.”
The Golf Channel carries all four days of golf starting Oct. 12 from 5-8 p.m. ET.
Lexi Thompson will tee off Thursday at 4:19 p.m. ET or 1:19 p.m. local Pacific time in a featured group with Kevin Roy and Trevor Werbylo.
10:23 a.m.: Akshay Bhatia, J.T. Poston, Eric Cole
10:34 a.m.: Si Woo Kim, Cam Davis, Scott Stallings
3:13 p.m.: Luke List, Nick Taylor, Tom Kim
4:19 p.m.: Kevin Roy, Trevor Werbylo, Lexi Thompson
You can watch the 2023 Shriners Children’s Open online with PGA Tour Live on ESPN+ and Peacock. PGA Tour Live will stream featured group coverage, and Peacock will provide simulcasts of Golf Channel’s coverage all four days of the tournament.
Notable tournament matchups and odds for the 2023 Shriners Childrens Open
- Ludvig Aberg (-140) vs. Si Woo Kim (+115)
- Tom Kim (-155) vs. Adam Schenk (+125)
- Luke List (-110) vs. Nick Taylor (-110)
- Patrick Rodgers (-125) vs. Justin Suh (+100)
- Andrew Putnam (-115) vs Eric Cole (-105) – Bet Cole
- Adam Hadwin (-110) vs. J.J. Spaun
- Cam Davis (-120) vs. J.T. Poston (-105)
- Beau Hossler (-150) vs. Garrick Higgs (+115)
- Adam Svensson (-110) vs. Nicolas Hojgaard (-110)
- Emiliano Grillo (-115) vs. Alex Smalley (-110)
- Mark Hubbard (-115) vs. Aaron Rai
Popular Types of Golf Betting Odds
Types of bets and how to read the odds
- Winner: Bet on who will win this week’s PGA tour event
- Finishing Position Odds: Bet on a golfer to finish in the top 5, top 10, top 20 or top 40 in this week’s golf tournament
- Round Leader Betting: Golf odds on who will win the first round, second round, third round, and fourth round separately.
- Golf Matchup Betting: Prop bets on which golfer will finish better in the tournament head-to-head between the two golfers listed for each matchup.
Golf continues to be a most popular sport to watch and wager on each week. The menu of betting options continues to grow, and “We’re close to getting to every player, every shot and hole-by-hole betting with more in-play options,” the PGA Tour’s Vice President of Gaming Scott Warfield said at this week’s Global Gaming Expoin Las Vegas.
You can bet on it.